Student Leadership in Interprofessional Education: Benefits, Challenges and Implications for Educators, Researchers and Policymakers
Medical Education (2008)
8 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2015
Date Written: July 1, 2008
Interprofessional collaboration is gaining increasing prominence as a team-based approach to health care delivery that maximises the strengths of each of the health professionals to enhance patient care, decreases medical errors, and optimises efficiency. This paper provides initial arguments supporting the important role that student leadership plays in interprofessional education and its comparative advantages. Student leadership is essential to the success of interprofessional education because it enhances the willingness to collaborate and facilitates long-term sustainability of these educational efforts. Enabling an environment for student leadership in interprofessioal education will yield significant benefits for everyone in the years to come.
Keywords: interprofessional education, advantages, collaboration, collaborative, health profession, patient care, efficiency, student leadership, sustainability
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